Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili has estimated it will save more than $450,000 over the 20-year life of the photovoltaic (PV) system recently installed by Hawai'i Pacific Solar (HPS). The parents of a Maui Preparatory funded the solar PV project.
"The savings Maui Preparatory will see with the PV system is just one part of the picture," explained George Baker, headmaster at the school. "We also are educating our students about the environment and showing them one example of how we can work together for a more sustainable Hawai'i." The PV system will prevent 220,223 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 11,236 gallons of gasoline or from 232 barrels of oil.
As part of HPS' effort to help students learn about solar energy and PV, HPS gave Maui Preparatory a flat screen monitor that allows students to do real-time monitoring to see the amount of power being generated and the amount of carbon reduction and energy saving as a result of the solar panels. The monitoring can also be viewed at www.hawaiipacificsolar.com. In addition, HPS provided curriculum materials developed by the National Energy Education Development Project and information on sun safety.